Sweet Baby Jesus - DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,926 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 1,926
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15%
Wants: 173
Gots: 548 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-23-2012

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Ratings: 1,926 | Reviews: 328
Photo of Jethroe115
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Liquid peanut butter cup heaven, excellent dessert beer

Photo of KimberlyGrough
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

chocolate and peanut butter heaven!

Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottles, revised with the 2nd one in June 2015.
Loads of peanuts in the nose. Plenty of peanuts in the flavor too but enough dark roasted grain to have a clear presence. Trace of char on the aftertaste.

Slight astringency in the medium-full body.

O: not quite as balanced and refined as the Terrapin Liquid Bliss I had soon after.

Photo of Bone53
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance (4.25): Dark brown with a mahogany tent when put up to the light. A finger of tan head

Smell (4): Pretty spot on with the peanut butter. I hope it tastes as good as it smells

Taste (3.75): Fake peanut butter upfront then chocolate in the middle and they both blend well until the end

Mouthfeel (3.75): Quite light with a thin body and slight bitterness.

Overall (3.75): I didnt know how to rate this one as i havent had a beer like this before and had nothing to compare to. I did enjoy it, but everything about the peanut butter screams artificial. I think I would have preferred more chocolate and less peanut butter. i could only drink one of these as a desert beer, and have to wash it down with a good IPA. The body is also thin and watery, but after all said and done it is a solid brew for what it is intended to be.

Photo of mthomp081
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%

Poured into pint glass, no noticeable head, very dark brown with slight red undertones. Very roasted coffee aroma, peanut butter is noticeable followed by chocolate. Strong roasted malt backbone, starts sweet but finishes slightly bitter. Can definitely taste peanut butter and chocolate. Fairly medium bodied. Interesting taste, but overall fails to deliver fully.

Photo of Samp01
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours deep black with a thin beige head. Upon pouring a terrific aroma of chocolate peanut butter fills the nose. Amazingly the aroma slowly transfer to the taste as it warms up which is followed by some dark mild toasted malt and caramel. Palate is a full smooth and creamy body. The finish is more of the same but gets slightly richer as it warms up some more some mild bitter notes for balance. Overall a very tasty chocolaty peanut butter flavored brew. Very enjoyable to drink.

Photo of LittleDon
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I initially passed on buying this beer when I first saw it. I didn't think peanut flavors in a beer would work, even with a porter or stout. Surprisingly, DuClaw pulls it off exceptionally well. The look and feel are what would be expected in a porter, dark, light carbonation, medium body. Somewhat disappointingly, the head is on the small side and there is little lace. The peanuts come out predominantly in the aroma and in the taste middle to finish, where it is secondary to the roasted malt. The roast characteristics are more traditional porter, much lighter than some of the more recent "super" porters, such as Founder's Porter, that drink more stout like. The finish is mildly bittersweet, perhaps a bit too mild, with a bit of peanut earthiness.

Photo of Tsoley1
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Nice taste of chocolate and penutbutter flavor...really enjoyed this one.

Photo of Philly_Dave
4.75/5  rDev +25%

So tasty. Like biting into a candy bar.

Photo of MattXT
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

I really enjoyed the chocolate and peanut butter, both on the nose and its taste. However, I felt the base beer was lacking in flavor and consistency, limiting its overall rating.

Photo of HeavyArms
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Enjoyable in small quantities. I don't think I could drink more than one bottle in a sitting.

Photo of tigg924
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

An excellent combination of roasty malts with peanut butter. The peanut butter is pronounced and adds to the flavor of the beer. One of the better beers I have had in some time.

Photo of farrago
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Thinnish half finger head, doesn’t stick around long, a dusting across the surface, the lacing slides off in slippery sheets. Opaque dark brown liquid, turns to a rust orange near the surface which allows you to see how much chunky particulate there is inside, a few beads of bubbles visible. The nose is almost entirely peanut butter, some chocolate powder, has some roast but basically you might as well open a jar of Skippy and put your nose in it. Light to medium-bodied, carbonated attack prevents it from soaking into the mouth, weak finish. Here the peanut butter is just as strong, chocolate and maybe it is psychological but there’s also grape jelly. Burnt roastiness, lactose and challah bread along with sweeter nuts. Actually wish it was sweeter so it would have a clearer purpose when consumed. Lacks smooth flow and tends to gum up from front palate to rear. One trick pony that is fun once and that’s about it.

Photo of BeerGuy1979
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Love the flavor..Chocolate and tons of peanut butter aftertaste...not as thick as a stout. Goes down too easy considering how strong it is..

Photo of Severedeer
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Like drinking a Reese with Alcohol

Photo of stopbashingbreweries
2.8/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Any beer made with artificial flavoring is wrong. Fake peanut butter flavor is fake. No effort needed. Anyone can put any concoction of chemicals to taste like any flavor you want. As much effort as bud light lime. Please stop supporting faux craft beer.

Photo of Act25
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Compare with GORP from Cartons (better).

A: Very dark brown, flattish opaqueness. Looks a stout, not much khaki head or rentention, would like more sticky lace.

S: Very good aroma which I enjoyed with CHOCOLATE blended PB from WHOLE FOODS. Authentic peanut butter and chocolate is on the way, with ample complex notes of malt, toast, char, smoke. Like the smell.

T: Follows the smell but softer. Excellent dessert beer. Not much hops, a basic base. Candy (wax like?), unusual, and not unlikable. Very different, almost a 4.

MF It's medium-dry, medium-full, and lingers with the peanut butter and chocolate taste. Slight hop bitter in the very tail saves it from being too sweet.

I'd love to share this with friends or serve with dessert. Must try.

Photo of u2carew
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

A) Pours with a thin, off white head that quickly settles. Opaque body. Nearly no lacing on the drink down.
S) Roasty malt aromas. Nutty - not quite peanut butter, but nutty.
T) Bold malts. Chocolate and peanut notes. Very rich.
M) Full body. Slightly gritty. Dry finish.
O) A creative porter. Not really peanut butter, but a valiant effort.

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is close to being jet black in color—only traces of dark are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate and peanut butter are present in the nose.
T: The taste is somewhat similar to a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup in that there is a bit of chocolaty flavors but is mostly dominated by peanut butter once you really 'bite' into it. The peanut butter flavors linger into the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer feels heavier in body compared to other porters and seems to be more like a stout. It has a hood balance between the chocolate and peanut butter flavors and makes for a good dessert beer.

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep-deep brown color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a roasted malt smell mixed with a whole lot of a milk chocolate aroma. Other sweeter smells of caramel and a rather potent showing of a roasted peanut butter smell also are in the aroma. A bit of coffee is there as well, producing an overall aroma of a somewhat drier peanut butter cup nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet milk chocolate taste with a moderate roasted malt and light coffee flavor. While little peanut butter taste is present upfront, it begins coming in soon after the initial flavors hit the tongue. All while this occurs, the sweeter flavors seem to get even sweeter with more milk chocolate and caramel coming to the tongue and with some of the coffee flavors dwindling. A little bit of a roasted bitter flavor joins the flavor at the very end of the taste leaving a nice and sweet chocolaty and moderately peanut buttery flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – For a porter of 6.5 % abv. this one is a little on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is a bit on the higher side. For the sweeter milk chocolate and peanut butter flavors, a bit of a thicker body may have created a slightly better and more dessert like feel, but even said the higher carbonation was actually quite nice for the sweet flavors and made for a more easy drinkability in the beer. So with that the feel was fairly nice overall.

Overall – A nice sweet chocolate peanut butter cup brew with a good drinkability and abv. If the body was only a little bit thicker this would be spot on for a dessert brew. Even so this is really a quite nice brew overall.

Photo of ski271
2.31/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From what I have sampled, DuClaw seems to be a gimmicky brewery, and this is the king of their gimmicky beers. The insane amount of peanut butter just blatantly jumps the shark. What you can taste about the porter isn't really all that bad, like the pleasant chocolaty malts ... but it's hard to detect anything beyond the obnoxious peanut butter. I do like brewers trying new things and being experimental, and I know several people that love this beer. But for me, this was not enjoyable and I will never be having this one again.

Photo of zookerman182
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown with a light brown head.
aroma is roasted peanut and milk chocolate.
Flavor is milk chocolate and roasted peanuts.
mouthfeel is medium to thin with nice lingering flavor.
really great beer.
next best pb porter besides beer engineer.

Photo of Kadonny
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: A medium to dark brown color with a one finger light brown head. Slight glass lacing.

S: Wow, peanut butter? For sure! I got lots of peanut butter and chocolate on the nose, some roasted notes and slight sweetness. Great smelling brew!

T: Well, I'm a little let down here based on the outstanding smell. The peanut butter flavor is really way more just plain nutty rather than peanut butter. Loads of hazelnut mix with dark chocolate flavors and some roasted flavor. Some toffee sweetness mixes with the nuttiness and chocolate as the finish turns slightly bitter with hops. Roasted flavor seems to linger in my mouth.

M: Medium, a little thin actually. Good carbonation, no alcohol.

O: I really wish the beer could have followed through with the peanut butter flavor as much as it had it on the nose, but alas it didn't. Still it was a very solid porter that was enjoyable.

Solid beer that I will buy again to have when I want something different, but not a beer I would drink regularly.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle pours a near-black color with an abundance of tan head. Nice retention and lace.

Ive seen Reese's Peanut Butter Cups as an aroma descriptor, but Im going to say it is more the cheaper Palmer Peanut Bunny Bites. Either way, it is amazingly like sugary Peanut Butter and chocolate. Maybe a bit more fudge brownie with nuts upon further inspection.

Taste is heavier on the chocolate than peanut butter as expected, I cant imagine it is easy to get that flavor in a beer...chocolate on the other hand...manageable. Its really more of a nutty presence than peanut butter, but a nice touch nonetheless. I like the fact they steered clear of hops for the most part, it would have ruined the nice sweet, chocolaty profile they were aiming for. Mouthfeel is decent, but I wouldnt mind a little more viscosity. Low carbonation is about right for this kind of beer. I like this, quite a bit actually...I would definitely recommend this.

Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

When I realized that I was nearing my review of Horny Goat Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter, I decided that I would score a couple of bottles of this one for both a side-by-side (sort of, hours later) as well as making an eventual blend with their Dirty Little Freak to be called a Dirty, Sweet, Little Jesus Freak (Baby optional).

From the bottle: "Craft be Cherished. Rules be Damned."; "Respect_the_Fluid"; "A classic, full-bodied, robust porter with a smooth, dry finish and just enough hops to balance aromas and flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, and peanut butter so rich that just one sip and you will ... exclaim the name!"

I used my usual heavy-handed pour if for no other reason than to get a pseudo-cascade rolling in the glass. This produced not quite two fingers of dense, deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. I found the nose to be more muted than the Horny Goat. Here, the chocolate was more prevalent with the peanut butter underlying it, which struck me as being perhaps more palatable. Mouthfeel was medium, thinner that the Horny Goat, but more in line with what I expect in a Porter. The taste was unexpectedly rich and here I was reminded of my paternal grandmother's birthday cake icing, usually on Devil's Food Cake. She would buy frosting mix (do they even sell that any more?) and mix it up in a mixing bowl using a mixer, and once it achieved a certain creaminess, she would add in chunky peanut butter to thicken it and then slather it on the cake. As a kid, I really looked forward to birthdays at our house, but now, I would probably find it too sweet. Now, to clarify on this one - it was sweet, yes, but not as sweet as the Horny Goat. The finish was semi-dry, at most, but there was still a good bit of sweetness lingering in evidence well past the swallow. Just like with the Horny Goat, this would be a one-and-done for me, but given a choice, I would take this one before a Horny Goat simply because it just was not quite as sweet. More damning with faint praise, I suppose.

Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,926 ratings.